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101 Uses for a USB Credit Card

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Promotional USB Credit Cards have been the big hit of the last two years. Their success is down to the large print area on the cards and their ability to carry up to 16GB of data in a really convenient shape. Here’s just a few ways in which these cards are being used (Ok, not quite 101 but there are a lot!):

  1. Business cards – the USB Cards are often printed front and back to look like a Business Card but they are pre-loaded with lots of information about the person whose name is on the card and the company it’s being issued on behalf of.  (typically links to business web sites, copies of PDF’s of products and links to Linkedin pages are pre-loaded onto the cards)
  2. Business “Giveaway” – the cards are great leave behinds after a business meeting – print them up with your company logo, images of your products etc. and use as an innovative leave-behind.
  3. Giveaway at trade shows – draw people to your stand with a USB card – use instead of a printed flyer/brochure. Pre-load the card with all this information – it’ll help save on the cost of printed material, carriage and storage – USB sticks (of all types) are still a great draw and will attract people.

    USB Flash Drive Cards from USB2U

    USB Flash Drive Cards from USB2U

  4. Direct Mail Campaigns – Include a USB card in any Direct Mail campaign. Gum the card to your flyer/mailer– the cards are so thin and light that they will fit into a standard envelope – light enough to still be classified as standard post and of course you can load tons of information and offers onto them!
  5. Press Events – The USB flash cards make fantastic handouts – journalists are happy being given them particularly when they are pre-loaded with digital copies of all the press packs, press releases and product images etc.
  6. ID Badges – use them with a lanyard to create an ID badge (store personal information on the flash memory)
  7. Use with a pin clip to create a simple name badge – again the cards can be pre-loaded with relevant information.
  8. Print with a photo on and use as a Photo-ID badge – again lots of scope to pre-load information on the memory tucked inside the card.
  9. Use as a party or wedding invite – pre-load all the event information on the USB cards about the happy couple, the venue and the ceremony (and of course lots of embarrassing photos from the Hen and Stag “do”
  10. Table name cards – use at a evening dinner event or wedding reception and personalise the cards with the guests name – use them on the table to help people know where they are sitting.
  11. Print up with a QR code which can be scanned and take your customer directly to your website.
  12. Birthday Party Invitation – Print them up to look like a birthday party invitation and pre-load the cards with lots of information about the party, and have a bit of fun by pre-loading the cards with a montage of photos of the “birthday boy or girl” – the more embarrassing the better.
  13. Use as a season ticket – printed to look like any standard season ticket (with photo and or Bar code) but this time load the USB cards with all the information about the club, the team, the players and the fixture list.

    USB Cards Used by the Motor Industry

    USB Cards Used by the Motor Industry

  14. Car dealership brochure replacement – print the USB cards with the great images of the latest model(s) and load with tons of images, fact sheets, price lists, videos, financing options etc. on the cars
  15. Shopping Centre USB Card – print with a great image of the shopping centre on one side and the opening hrs etc. on the back but pre-load the flash memory with details of every store, the shopping centre layout, the parking and as much other information that you can get your hands on – you’ll have up to 16GB of space so there is lots of scope.
  16. Calendar – print up as a wallet sized calendar and pre-load the card with details of all of the key events and activities throughout the year.
  17. Turn into a music USB card – ideal for a band to promote their music, their gigs and their videos – stuff the memory full of taster tracks, video clips, details of forthcoming gigs, biographies of the band members, links to the bands websites and twitter pages etc.
  18. Sell you house with a USB card – abandon traditional paper agent details and go for a fully interactive version on a USB card – print the front and back of the card with images of your property and your contact details and load the memory with photo’s, details of the local schools, any survey information, video clips and any other information you might have about the property.
  19. Promote your theatrical performance or concert with a USB card – print the card up with some great images of the performance and/or the venue and then pre-load the card with video and music clips of the performance, copies of any physical marketing flyers etc. details of the seating plan(s), the ticket costs and so on.
  20. Use a USB Card at University Open Days – use the space on the card to print some really good images of the University and what it stands for and then use the memory capacity to load up all of the prospectus and course information, details of the accommodation, fees, deadlines, typical grades, league tables and information of student life at the University
  21. Gift Vouchers with a little added extra – print the USB cards up to look like a gift voucher – include QR codes, unique serial numbers and add other security features but fill the memory on the card with loads of special offers, sale events, preview events and so on. Small print runs of 25 or more make this a viable option for even the smallest business, pub or restaurant.
  22. Take Away Restaurant Menu – The smaller memory sizes of the cards make them cheap enough for your local Take-Away to use – printed with their details on the front and back and pre-loaded with the menu on the card (and “locked” so it can’t be deleted) – handy for people to keep in their wallet or purse.
  23. Fine dining restaurant menu and wine list – Brilliant “up-market” promotional tool for top end restaurants – send to your VIP customers to launch your new menu – include the menu and as much information/photos and any reviews you can on the restaurant.

    USB Cards from USB2U

    USB Cards from USB2U

  24. Exam revision tool – hand out to student loaded with past papers, hints, guides, example answers, revision tools and anything else you think they might find useful.
  25. Professional Photographer USB Card – ideal way to supply clients with their photos –the cards can be printed with some great portfolio shots.
  26. A work or school reunion invite – print the USB Cards with a range of old images but more importantly load up the USB cards with details of the event, who’s expected to attend, and as much memorabilia as you can find!
  27. Architects promotional tool – print the USB card with stunning examples of your work and then load your practice portfolio onto the memory including drawings, concepts and 3D illustrations.
  28. Playing Cards – print the USB cards to look like a suit of playing cards and use them to promote a casino.
  29. Electronic Book – print the USB cards with detail of the book cover and load an electronic copy of the book onto the card. Include biography of the author, movie clips, reviews, exerts from other work and cross sells of other authors work.
  30. Promote your Marketing and Advertising company – these cards make an excellent give-away to new prospective clients – a great way to showcase your work.
  31. Use the USB Cards as a fundraising tool for any World Challenge event – print them up with some great images of your, your party and where you’re going and pre-load them with details of why you’re going, what you hope to achieve and how people can help – include links to fund raising pages and blogs and twitter accounts so they can follow your progress.
  32. A 21st century twist on the classic postcard – USB postcards printed with the same classic photos or tongue in cheek “naughty” cartoons but this time pre-load the cards with images of the resort but leave enough space on the memory for the purchaser of the card to upload their own photos.
  33. Venture capital fund raising tool – print with an image that will excite and inform and include your contact details on the back. Pre-load the USB card details of your business idea, your business case, any financial figures, links to any press coverage, biographies of the founders, shareholdings and levels of cash you are trying to raise. Ideally include a presentation (or two) and of course all of your contact details.

And lots more besides! Don’t forget USB2U carry USB Credit Cards in stock and irrespective of what you want to use them for, they can be supplied printed in just 24hrs!

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Do You Flip or Slide Your USB Cards

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Promotional USB Cards are gaining in popularity all the time and if the current trend continues they look set to overtake many of the more traditional styles during 2014 in terms of number of units sold.

Whilst promotional USB memory sticks have been with us for over a decade it was only 2-3 years ago that USB Cards started to appear but the first versions were much thicker than the very skinny 2mm thick models that are popular today. Their rise to prominence has been underlined by three key features:

1)      They’re only 2mm thick and they are typically credit card shaped so they are easy to slot into a wallet or purse.

2)      They’re ideal for posting out to customers and prospects because there is no “bulk” to them meaning they still qualify for the cheaper letter postage rates rather than the much more expensive package posting rates.

3)      They have a large print area and you can print in full colour on both sides of the cards right up to the edges. This gives you scope to print some stunning images and to include lots of detail like contact names, telephone numbers, email addresses, website URL’s, strap lines and so on!

USB Credit Cards

USB Credit Cards

A well designed and well printed USB Card will look stunning and because they’re not really available on the high street they still get people who are given then a little excited.

Despite being just 2mm thick you don’t have to compromise on memory capacity – they still come in memory sizes all the way from 128MB up to a whopping 16GB (We expect 32GB cards to be available a little later in 2014).

The one big decision you have to make when buying USB cards these days is whether to go for the version where the USB connector “flips” out of the card but is still attached to the card when in use or whether you opt for the newer version where the USB connector slides out of the card completely.

USB Cards - Slide Version

USB Cards - Slide Versiion

The advantage of the slide version is that is much more obvious how to use it and get to the USB connector but the big disadvantage is that it’s easy to lose the USB connector section once it’s been removed! We still sell significantly more of the “flip” versions but sales of the slide model are on the increase.

If you’re thinking of buying some USB credit cards any time soon but you’re not sure which option to choose just give us a call and we’ll arrange to send out a sample of each.

 

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Do You Flip or Slide Your USB Cards

Promote Your Business in 2014 with USB Cards

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Promotional USB memory sticks USB cards of all shapes and sizes were incredibly popular last year and their on-going popularity in 2014 looks assured. It was only a couple of years ago that they were a niche product with most businesses and schools opting for the more traditional models like the “Twister” USB but when thinner versions of the cards were introduced all this changed.

The current USB cards are only 2mm thick (just marginally thicker than a standard bank card) and they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They can be printed in full colour on both sides of the card and because the “USB connector” is tucked away inside the card there is no cap to lose!

Of the different USB card shapes available the credit card option tends to be the most popular for two reasons:

  • It’s the largest of the USB cards and as such offers the most scope to get creative when it comes to design and print – there is lots of space to include things like strap lines, phone numbers, website addresses and postal addresses. It’s not unusual for the credit card versions to have a really impactful image on one side and for the reverse to be printed up with the company’s contact details (see the examples below).
  • It’s a shape we are used to carrying – pretty much everyone has a wallet or purse with bank card slots and these USB cards just slip straight into them! The credit card industry used to talk about the benefits of their brand have “share of wallet” and the same can be argued with these USB credit cards – how many times will your brand be seen if it’s carried around in a purse or wallet!
USB Credit Cards

USB Credt Card Collection

Other shapes available are; circles, squares, triangles, rectangles and ellipse (egg shaped) cards – all can be printed in full colour on both sides.

The different shapes of the cards allow you to get creative as well; we’ve used square cards for Durex and printed them to look like a condom pack, we’ve used the circle shaped USB cards and printed them to look like a poker chip, the rectangle shaped cards have been printed to look like a domino and the triangle cards have been made to look like a Toblerone!

USB Circle Cards - Costa Coffee

USB Circle Cards - Costa Coffee

Despite being only 2mm thick the USB cards are available in a wide range of memory sizes (128MB all the way up to 16GB). They’re only pennies more than a standard USB stick and they can be supplied (printed and data-loaded) in as little as 24hrs.

So, if you’re looking for something a little bit different to kick start your sales and marketing activities in 2014 then you might want to consider using a USB card.

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USB Cards – A Great Choice for a Stunning Finish

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

There are lots and lots of excellent styles and designs and USB memory sticks available these days. They come in a range of different finishes including plastic, metal, wood, bamboo and leather and they’re available in a wide range of memory sizes so there is always something to suit pretty much any marketing or PR budget.

The only downside with most USB sticks is that if you have a large logo or design to print then you may struggle. The reason is that the print area on most standard shaped USB sticks is tiny (typically 2cm x 4cm) so they don’t give much scope to get too creative. If you do print anything complex onto this small print area then there is a danger that it won’t be readable – not what you want!

USC Card - Slider Version with full colour print

USC Card - Slider Version with full colour print

An alternative is to use a USB card – these come in a range of different shapes with the credit card version being the most popular. All of the card shapes can be printed in full colour across the whole surface area of the card and the image on the front can be different to the image on the back. Even the most complex of images look great and the size of the card(s) gives loads of flexibility to include things like website addresses, phone numbers, email contacts and even things like QR codes!

Most of the USB cards have a USB connectors that “flips” out – you just push it gently on one side of the card to reveal the USB connector on the other – with this type (commonly called “flip cards”) the USB piece stays attached to card. There is another version where the USB connector slides out completely. Both are great but the more popular is the “flip” version because there is no chance of the USB being lost.

USB Cards - Flip Version with full colour print

USB Cards - Flip Version with full colour print

Despite being just a little over 2mm thick (fractionally more than any standard bank or credit card) these USB cards are available in memory sizes up to 16GB which is more storage than you got on a lot of desktop PC’s just a few years ago!

Don’t expect to pay a huge premium for the cards either – they are a little bit more expensive (because of the amount of printing involved) but it’s typically pennies extra.

Even with the USB cards, to achieve a really good quality finish you need good quality artwork or photography. Ideally this means vectorised (.ai or .eps format) artwork rather than a jpeg!

USB2U carry lots of USB Cards in stock and can often supply them in as little as 48hrs (printed and data-loaded) – give them a call if you’re interested.

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Easy To Use Slider USB Credit Cards

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

USB credit cards have become more and more popular over the last couple of years. The main reason for the surge in their popularity has been the significant reduction in their thickness (down from 6mm to around 2mm) coupled with the fact that you can print in glorious colour on both sides of the cards.

The fact that they are the same size a typical bank, store or loyalty card also means it’s a shape we’re all familiar with and most of us have wallets and purses that cards of this shape slip easily into.

The only slight negative with the original version of the USB credit card is the way in which the USB connector is accessed and how it is subsequently “plugged into” any USB port. The “flip-out” mechanism can be a little bit tricky to get used to and for some it’s not immediately obvious how they work. Once the “flip” section that contains the USB has been opened you need some free space around the USB ports you’re plugging it into otherwise you run the risk of not being able to insert the USB correctly. Much depends on whether you’re using the card with a laptop or desktop, what other peripherals you’ve got plugged into your USB ports and weather the orientation of the ports is horizontal or vertical.

Flip Out USB Credit Cards

Flip Out USB Credit Cards

With the new slider USB credit cards you lose none of the benefits of the “flip-out” USB card but the cards is easier to use because it’s obvious when you see it that the USB connectors slides out. Once removed you effectively have a small USB memory stick that will slot comfortably into any USB port irrespective or the ports orientation and irrespective of whether anything else is plugged in alongside it!

When you’ve finished using it the USB stick it simply slides back into the host card and you can pop it back into your wallet or purse! No fuss, no hassle.

USB Credit Card - Slider Version

USB Credit Card - Slider Version

Both versions of the cards are available in 1GB, 2GB, 4GB, 8GB and 16GB memory sizes and both are available from stock in the UK in as little as 24hrs – that’s printed and data-loaded (if you need it) in 24hrs from your order being placed.

If you need more convincing then we can supply free mock-ups and/or free samples on both types of USB Credit Card. Just give us a call or fill out our on-line quote request and we’ll get back to you in a flash!

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USB Cards Offer up All Sorts Of Promotional Options

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

USB Cards have really come of age over the past year or so. For the uninitiated a USB card is a just like any other standard USB flash drive but unlike a standard drive it’s in the shape of a card and typically in the shape of a credit card.

The clever thing about these cards is that all of the memory, the processor and the USB connectors are tucked away in the body of the card leaving a product that is only around 2mm thick! The more popular cards tend to be credit card or business card shaped because it’s a shape/size people are familiar with, they have pockets, purses and wallets to carry the cards in. Additionally the large(ish) size of these cards gives plenty of scope for printing a wide range of complex designs and images.

But USB cards in the shape of a credit card are not the only option and with some creativity the other standard shapes can deliver stunning results:

Small Flip USB Cards:

These are about half the size of a standard credit card so they’re ideal to use as a USB name badge – a standard badge pin can be attached to the rear of the card and the front can be printed in full colour. A great alternative for delegates at a seminar or conference and of course the speakers notes and slides (and any other marketing material) can be pre-loaded onto the USB memory.

We’ve even printed some of these cards to make them look like a set of dominos!

USB Dominos

USB Dominos

Small Square USB Cards:

These square cards are also just 2mm thick and can be printed in full colour on both sides. Despite their size they are available with on-board memory of up to 16GB and again with a bit of creativity they can be used to portray a wide range of products. We’ve already supplied lots of these to Durex printed up to look like a pack of condoms and we’ve had a number of enquiries about the possibility of printing them to look like a record album – do you have a product that could work on a square USB card. A teabag, a book, a CD – send us the artwork and we’ll work up some examples for you.

USB Condoms

USB Condoms

Button USB Cards:

Another derivative of the original credit card version these button cards are again just 2mm think and the USB connector works just the same as on the other card models. As the name implies they make great “button badges” but they work equally well to promote any other “circular product” – staying with the condom theme we’ve also supplied these to look like a condom!

USB Badges

USB Badges

All of our USB cards and buttons are typically available from UK stock and can be supplied printed and dataloaded in as little as 24hrs!

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USB Cards – and we’re not talking just USB Credit Cards.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

USB Cards come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes these days and by size we don’t mean memory size but the physical size of the cards.

The advent of the smaller USB “chip on board” technology that integrates the USB connector, the flash memory and the controller chips into an incredibly small form factor has enabled USB memory stick designers to come up with a much wider range of product options.

One of the first new products to be released using this “chip on board” solution was a card in the same shape/dimensions as a standard credit card. Various ways to integrate the USB connector into the card which preserved the card shape whilst allowing USB element to be inserted into a USB port were experimented with but the most popular proving to be a “flip out” or “fully removable” option (see the images below).

USB Credit Card Variants

USB Credit Card Variants

The credit card shaped USB memory sticks have become incredibly popular because they offer a large flat print area (on both sides of the card) to work with and because they fit neatly into a bag or wallet! At only 2mm thick they’re only fractionally thicker than a conventional credit card and despite being wafer thin they come in memory sizes all the way up to 16GB.

The concept of a “USB card” has now been extended to other shapes including a circular “badge shaped USB card” and a smaller, more rectangular version of the credit card. Again both of these give plenty of space to support the printing of high quality logos or designs but they’re also small enough to be worn as a “button badge” or a conventional name badge.

USB Badges

USB Badges

All of these “card” options are held in stock in the UK by USB2U and can therefore be supplied (printed and data-loaded) in as little as 24hrs. All we need from you is your artwork, your data and an address to send your order to.

If you do opt for the larger USB Credit Card option then have a look at our gift boxes and leather wallets. Both of these can be printed or supplied blank – the gift box comes with custom cut foam for the card to fit snuggly into.

If you’re interested then please give our team a call on our Freephone number or fill in the quote form on our web site.

 

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Put Your Branded Memory Stick Spend On A Credit Card In 2010

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Custom USB Flash Drives are now firmly established as a key tool within the Promotion and Sales industry. Whether you have a sales event or show where you want a convenient way to distribute information about your products or services or perhaps a conference where you want to hand out the event information from the event branded memory sticks are the way to go.

USB Credit Card

In fact these incredibly useful gadgets can be used in many many ways including but not limited to:

  • On-pack sales promotions
  • Competition prizes
  • Trade show “give-aways”
  • Press Launches (and lunches)
  • Product Launches
  • Staff rewards and incentives
  • Customer mailers
  • Re-seller and partner fairs

The most popular style or shape of branded memory stick used for these activities tend to be “stick” shaped (not as in a stick from a tree but small, rectangular shaped flash “sticks”) but there are other options!

One of the key trends in 2010 is expected to be the move to a bespoke or truly custom shape that is unique to the customer using it. Examples would include custom USB disks in the shape of a car or truck to support the launch of a new vehicle or perhaps in the shape of a company logo or brand. Any 2-D or 3-D shape is now possible and bespoke memory sticks really do up the ante in terms of brand support, brand building and product recall.

But, custom memory sticks are not for everyone. If you are looking for something a little different, a little more sophisticated with the scope to support a complex logo or design then you might consider a branded credit card USB. These come in a variety of styles and types but they all adhere to the basic “form factor” of a credit card. Not only do they support a full colour, photo effect print but they can also be supplied in a complementary wallet or case. Costing just a little more than a standard branded memory stick they are certainly worthy of consideration particularly if your target audience is ABC1.

The small additional cost is worth it in terms of the visual impact and much greater perceived value. If you are interested then give us a ring or fill out the on-line enquiry form and we’ll get back to you with a tailored quotation. We also offer a free design and mock-up service to help you visualise the end product.

USB Credit Card

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